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4.0 out of 5 stars An exhaustive elaboration of a Thelemic Holy Book., 13 May 2001
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This review is from: Nightside of Eden (Hardcover)
I bought this book for three reasons; a close friend recommended it, it was an elaboration of 'Liber 231' and because Grant was Crowley's OTO successor. After flicking through a few other books in the 'Typhonian Trilogies' I think it is, ostensibly, Grants most focused work. The main theme is the Tree of Death, the reverse side of the Tree of Life. Previously the key Qabalistic diagram could be considered as a maze, complex enough for most (according to strict tradtion). Grant has raised the stakes significantly - he has broken the 'inviolable parameter' of the Tree and made something new. The Tree of Death is a labyrinth, dark, uncharted and sinister. The 'Tunnels of Set' are pretty heavy stuff. Unfortunately only half of the sigils in 'Liber 231' are discussed, but these are given colours and numbers. One does not have to seek far into separate manuscripts to obtain the full operative formulae. Seroius students should consult the 'Shadow Tarot' and its commentary by Soror Anahandana, the culmination of three generations of Magick exploration. A knowledge of traditional Qabalah is needed to enjoy this book. Also a superior intellect is required to maintain the thread of reasoning that is woven around such a plethora of seemingly foreign occult archetypes. All the Grant books I have come across are celophane wrapped, and for good reason! When I was in a famous 'occult' bookshop in London they were 'under the counter'. A serious book for serious readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grant's predictions proved right!, 9 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: Nightside of Eden (Hardcover)
Back in 1977, when this book first appeared, people thought that Grant was being more than a little paranoid with his dire warnings of what he termed 'Nightside' forces ready to invade the Earth. With the benefit of hindsight however, over the last twenty-odd years we have seen a massive rise in UFO sightings and so-called 'alien abductions'. This is precisely one facet of the phenomena that Grant warns of, and more importantly, he details both the causes and the cures in this incredible, pivotal book. The Stellar Gnosis of Ancient Africa and its permutations provides the grist of the first half of the book, whilst the second half is taken up with an examination of the 22 Cells of the Qlipoth that truly sets the tone for magickal books. Any other magical book about any other system just isn't worth buying. Thelema, and the OTO in particular, has moved on so far since Crowley's day, that it's really not worth reading Crowley anymore: Grant has taken his place as the world's greatest occultist!
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